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Last update : 11 February 2019

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Bhutan is a country in South Asia, in the eastern Himalayas.

Capital : Thimphu
Language :  Dzongkha
Currency :  Bhutanese ngultrum
Population : 780 300
Area : 38 394  km2

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Bhutan facts

1. Political system – constitutional monarchy.
2. The population density is 16 people / km2.
3. The country is 6.6 times smaller than Poland.
4. The main religion is Buddhism, 72%.
5. National sport is archery.
6. The full name of the country – the Kingdom of Bhutan.
7. There are 107 men per 100 women.
8. This country lives in ??? Poles.
9. The highest peak is Gangkhar Puensum 7570 m above sea level.
10. The average temperature is in January 5 °C, in July 20 °C.

11. It is a country on three sides cut off from the world by mountains.

12. All roads are unusually winding. Over a distance of about 200 km takes even over 7 hours.

13. The longest, hardened and straight section in the whole country is the runway at the Paro airport.

14. The government does not agree to the construction of factories and mines to protect the environment from pollution.

15. When in 1963 the first car came to Bhutan, people brought hay to feed him.

16. The then minister, that the machine would not get too tired, ordered the driver to drive only in first gear.

17. The first plane landed in 1983. None of the citizens of this country will be allowed to board it before the local astrologer lets the evil spirits out of their way to make the prophecy about the flight successful.

18. In this country there is a total ban on smoking for citizens. Tourists can smoke in specially designated, secluded places. There is a large fine for the natives.

Author: Turyst

19. In this country there are over 2,000 temples.

20. The most ardent monks are given an extremely difficult test. They must spend 3 years, 3 months, 3 weeks and 3 days in isolation.

21. Monks from Bhutan have over 100,000 different prayers written.

22. The ruler of this country proposed that “national gross happiness” should be taken as the measure of the country’s development. Thanks to this, in 2006, he was recognized as one of 100 people in the world, exerting the greatest influence on the fate of the world.

Author: MR

23. Bhutan is the happiest country in Asia.

24. National sport is archery.

25. Gangkhar Puensum is the highest unconquered mountain in the world. The mountain is considered a saint, which is why the authorities have banned climbing.

26. It is the only country in the world that absorbs more carbon dioxide than it produces.

27. Television in this country was banned until 1999.

Author: MR

28. Murals on the walls in the shape of genital organs are not worse, but bring happiness.

29. The constitution states that a minimum of 60% of the country’s area must cover forests.

30. Thimphu is the only capital in the world where there are no street lights at all.

Author: MR

31. The word “Bhutan” means “the end of the world”

32. About 30% of Bhutan’s population is 14 years old.

33. In Bhutan, manners require that people refuse to eat when someone proposes. Traditionally, “meshu meshu” is said and it covers your mouth with your hand. Only after two or three requests to try, you can take advantage of the refreshments.

Author: Paulina

34. There is no traffic light in the capital. The traffic at the intersections is directed by policemen in white gloves.

35. The use of plastic bags has been banned since 1999.

36. The national animal of Bhutan is “Takin” – a combination of a goat with an antelope.

37. You must not wear pants when visiting offices. The exception are people who perform official or religious functions in the country.

Author: Paulina

38. In this country, hitchhiking is forbidden.

39. Only hotels chosen by the government can accept tourists. This is to protect monuments and the environment.

40. In this country, the tourist season runs from February to May and from September to the beginning of December.

Author: Azjata

41. The minimum wage is 3,750 ngultrum per month (data from 2014).

42. The amount of income tax in Bhutan is 30%.

43. The unemployment rate in 2018 is 2.5% .

Author: Daria

44. In Bhutan, an average person consumes about 0.7 liters of pure alcohol per year.

45. In Bhutan, beer is mainly drunk.

Author: AlkoWorld

46. The average IQ level is 80.

Author: EduKacJa

47. In this country there are 35.1% of people above 15 years of age who can not read or write (approximately 269 793 people).

Author: Reebeka

48. National animals are the mythical dragon Druk and takin (mammal from the family of bovines).

Author: Kos

49. The national tree is Bhutanese cypress.

Author: Alma

50. Built-up area allowed speed depending on the area varies from 8 to 30 km / h.

Author: AutoMania

51. Outside the built-up area, the permitted speed is 50 km / h.

52. The permissible blood alcohol content of a person driving a car is 0.8 per mille.

53. In 2013, 59 people lost their lives as a result of road accidents.

54. In this country there is left-hand traffic.

55. The country has over 68,000 motor vehicles registered (89 vehicles per 1,000 inhabitants).

Author: AutoMania

56. 13.5% of the population live on less than 3 $a day.

Author: Durga

57. In this country there are over 10 578 km of paved roads (0.02% of all roads in the world).

Author: Marlène

58. In this country there are 2 airports, all with paved surface.

Author: Marlène

59. In this country over 254,000 (2015) 370 423 (2018) people have access to the internet ( about 48% of the population).

60. Around 200,000 (2015) 350,000 (2018) accounts on Facebook.

Author: NET

61. The national top-level domain is .bt . There are over 1,650 websites with such an extension.

62. The most popular pages with the extension .bt are: bbs.bt, moaf.gov.bt and dit.gov.bt.

Author: http

63. The country has over $1 245 000 000 of foreign exchange reserves (0.01% of foreign currency reserves of all countries in the world).

Author: Vinamra

64. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) …
      – in 2015 the year is $2,221,000,000 ,
      – in 2018 the year is $2,510,000,000 .

65. Internal debt at the beginning …
      – 2015 year was 101.3% GDP, or around: $2,249,873000 ,
      – 2018 of the year was 109% GDP, or around: $2 735 900 000 . To pay it off, each citizen would have to give around $3 559.

66. Foreign debt at the beginning …
      – 2015 the year was around: $1,665,000,000 ,
      – 2018 of the year is around: $2,505,000,000 .

Author: Komornik

67. In this country an adult person smokes an average of 10 cigarettes a month.

Author: VViki

68. Bhutan is a large exporter of electricity produced in hydroelectric plants on the fast-flowing rivers. It is the only export product.

69. The lack of traffic lights in Timphu is the result of the royal order to liquidate it due to accidents caused by unused drivers.

70. There are 168 doctors in Bhutan, they are specialists in Bhutan medicine, surgery has not been performed there for several decades, the royal edict, after the death of one of the queens during the surgery.

Author: Macieju

71. The lowest temperature: -12,9 °C was measured in Paro.

72. The highest temperature: 40 °C was measured in Phuentsholing.

Author: weather

73. The most deadly disease in this country is respiratory tract infection.

Author: medi

74. The average life expectancy in this country is 65.8 years (women – 67.8 years and men – 64.1 years).

Author: Wilga

75. In this country, men and women can get married at the age of 18.

76. A woman gives birth to 2 children on average.

Author: Nadia

77. The average age people living in this country is 26.7 years old.

78. The country is around:
206,000 people (26.76%) in the age range 0-14 years.
517 000 people (67.12%) in the age range 15-64 years.
47 200 people (6.12%) over 65 years old.

79. In this country, about 13,700 children are born each year (1.8% of the population), and about 5,200 people die (0.7% of the population).

Author: Sara19

80. The lowest located place in the country is Drangeme Chhu – 97 m above sea level.

Author: Klemens

81. On February 5, 2016, the first child of King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Pern the child was born. To celebrate this day, the people of Bhutan planted 108,000 trees throughout the country and each of them has wishes for the little prince.

82. Until 1962, the capital of Bhutan was the city where the king was currently located.

Author: KAsia

83. There are 5200 km2 of agricultural land in Bhutan (14% of the country).

84. 35 people out of 1000 possess firearms.

85. The highest located city in the country is Laya.

86. In this country, women have the right to vote since 1953.

87. In this country, the formalities associated with setting up a business last 62 days.

Author: Statyk

88. He joined the United Nations on September 21, 1971.

89. The work week is 40 hours.

90. 9% of the country’s population lives in urban areas.

Author: Statyk

91. 32166 km2 of the country is covered by forests (83.8%)

92. The last death penalty was made in 1974.

Author: Statyk

93. Bhutan takes 134 place in the ranking of the best armies in the world.

94. Number of soldiers:
2014 year – professional and reservists ,
2018 year – 7,500 professional and 0 reservists.

95. Number of equipment:
2018 year – 0 tanks, 10 armored vehicles, 2 jet aircraft and 2 helicopters.

96. The army in 2018 was assigned over 10,000,000 dollars.

Author: Wojak

97. In this country, the amount of income tax for natural persons is 25%, and for companies 30% (2018).

98. The tax on goods and services is 0% (2018).

99. The level of inflation in 2018 is 1.5%.

Author: Fan%

What is the highest peak in Bhutan?
The highest peak in Bhutan is Gangkhar Puensum (7570 m above sea level).

answer: Marta

What is the largest river in Bhutan?
The largest river in Bhutan is Sankosz (360 km).

answer: Marta

What is the largest lake in Bhutan?
In this country there are over 2 600 small post-glacial lakes.

answer: Marta

What is the national dish?
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What is the national animal?
The national animal is a mythical dragon Druk and takin (mammal from the family of bovines).

answer: Marta

What is the national sport?
National sport is archery.

answer: Marta

Which countries borders Bhutan?
Bhutan borders with such countries as: China 470 km, India 605 km.

answer: Marta

What is the average age of people living in this country?
The average age of people living in this country is 26.7 years.

answer: Marta

What is the minimum wage?
The minimum wage is 3,750 ngultrum per month (data from 2014).

answer: Marta

What is the population density in Bhutan?
The population density is 20 people per km2.

answer: Marta

What is the motto of this country?
Motto of the country – “The kingdom of the dragon of thunder”.

answer: Marta

What is the highest temperature recorded in this country?
The highest temperature: 40 ° C was measured in Phuentsholing.

answer: Marta

What is the lowest temperature recorded in this country?
The lowest temperature: -12,9 ° C was measured in Paro.

answer: Marta

With how many years can you legally buy alcohol?
In this country, alcohol can be bought at the age of 18.

answer: Marta